Lance Franklin will play his 250th AFL game Friday.
Lance Franklin will play his 250th AFL game Friday. DEAN LEWINS

300 the target for rejuvenated Franklin

FORGET about Friday night's 250th game Lance Franklin has his eyes on 300 plus and who would argue with him on current form.

The 30-year-old is in scintillating touch after taking 11 marks and booting four goals in last week's loss to the Western Bulldogs and slotting four in the opening round defeat to Port Adelaide.

Buddy still has another five years on his nine year $10 million deal and has already set his sights on 300 games.

"That's the goal," Franklin said.

"If the body holds up, which is has so far, it's probably only two seasons away for me and I've got a couple more after that."

Franklin's style of play where he regularly moves up the ground and through the midfield could also add to his longevity but any questions of where he plays are up to the coach.

"That's a question for John Longmire," Franklin said.

"If my body stays OK I think I'll probably keep playing the same."

Franklin could be in for a double and possible triple celebration against the Magpies on Friday night.

He needs just five more goals to become just the 12th player to reach the 800 mark and six to go past Richmond spearhead Matthew Richardson who was the last player to achieve it in 2009.

Former Footscray and Fitzroy champ Bernie Quinlan is the next in his sights on 817, which would move him into the top 10 of all-time.

But when it comes to the record books there is only one that the star forward has eyes for and that's Grand Finals and premierships.

He played in two flags at Hawthorn (2008 and 2013) but has not won one at Sydney losing the 2014 Grand Final to the Hawks and last year's to the Western Bulldogs.

"It would mean the world to get back to me on the big stage of the Grand Final," Franklin said.

"There's a lot of work you need to put in everyday before you can get back to a Grand Final. I've been fortunate to be at two incredible football clubs who have played finals footy every year. I'd have to say finals footy has been the highlight of my career."

Franklin played his first ever game in 2005 against the Swans at the SCG lining up on Adam Goodes and says the last 13 seasons have flown.

"It's actually gone really quickly," Franklin said.

"A couple of the older guys have said it goes fast and it really does. It's incredible to get to 250, it's pretty special. I can't wait to get out there on Friday night."

News Corp Australia


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